Semper K9s Belleau for web

Semper K9 is proud to announce the acceptance of Belleau into our service dog program. Belleau is a 1 year old German Shepherd donated to Semper K9 by CMC Dog Training in Flower Mound, Texas. Belleau is named in honor of the WWI battle at Bois de Belleau, or Belleau Wood.

Belleau was donated by CMC Dog Training. Clients of the training facility also collected these items for her. It was their wish that she be given to a veteran to be trained as a service dog.
Belleau was donated by CMC Dog Training. Clients of the training facility also collected these items for her. It was their wish that she be given to a veteran to be trained as a service dog.

 

"La Brigade Marine Americain Au Bois de Belleau" or "The American Marines in Belleau Wood" by French war correspondent Georges Scott.
“La Brigade Marine Americain Au Bois de Belleau” or “The American Marines in Belleau Wood” by French war correspondent Georges Scott.

The Battle of Belleau Wood was a landmark event in Marine Corps history. Prior to the battle, the United States Marine Corps was a little known, unproven commodity. After three weeks of displaying the courage, determination, and win-at-all-costs attitude that has become synonymous with the Marine Corps in the years since, that all changed, and the Marines have since been known as–arguably–the most formidable fighting force in the world.

It was also here that the Marine Corps’ “Devil Dog” nickname was supposedly born. As the story goes, German officers, in their battle reports, referred to the Marines as “Teufel Hunden” (German for “Devil Dogs”) as a result of the ferocity with which the Marines fought, and the name stuck.

After the battle, the French Army renamed Belleau Wood in honor of the Marines, changing the name to “Bois de la Brigade de Marine”–“The Wood of the Marine Brigade.”

Our Semper K9 Texas was instrumental in the evaluation and initial training of Belleau and prepared her for her journey to Semper K9 HQ. We are looking forward to training her for her new career as a service dog for a disabled service member.

The moss-covered "Devil Dog" fountain, located in Belleau, France, symbolizes the spirit of the Marines who fought there in World War I. —Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lisa R. Strickland
The moss-covered “Devil Dog” fountain, located in Belleau, France, symbolizes the spirit of the Marines who fought there in World War I.
—Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lisa R. Strickland

 

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You can donate supplies to Belleau and our other Semper K9 pups here: http://www.semperk9.org/donate/donate-supplies-2/